Staff at NFU Mutual’s Belfast claims centre recently held a raffle to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, with prizes donated by local businesses.
The team chose the Alzheimer’s Society as its nominated charity for the year, and is looking to hit a fundraising total of £1,500 over the next six months.
Having raised £740 from its recent memory walk, the team was keen to run another event and add to the fundraising total.
The raffle invited staff to buy tickets for a prize draw. Prizes included donations from several local businesses: Spar, Sarah Alexandra Boutique, Creative Gardens, Streamvale Farm, The Saint Patrick Centre, M&S and The Royal Court Hotel, Portrush. GreenAcres Golf Centre in Ballyclare also made a kind £50 cash donation.
The raffle raised an additional £195, taking NFU Mutual’s Belfast claims centre to a fundraising total of £935.
The event was organised by Operational Support Assistant Alexandra Paden and Claims Handler Mandy Keymer, who are part of NFU Mutual Belfast’s ‘Great Place to Work’ committee.
Alexandra said: “After the success of the memory walk, we were keen to keep momentum and raise further funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
“While we can’t hold our usual fundraising activities, we’ve come together to find ways we can still help our nominated charity at the time they need it most.
“It’s great to see the team come together to support such an important cause.”
Emma Russ, Regional Community Fundraising Manager in Northern Ireland for the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The coronavirus crisis has meant that many people living with dementia remain cut off from their families, their communities and the support networks they rely on.
“The second wave has seen people go back to shielding just as they were growing the confidence to venture out, having a devastating impact on their wellbeing.
“We know that people living with dementia have been one of the most affected groups by Covod-19, and the demand for our services has increased.
“That’s why we are so grateful to the staff at NFU Mutual for all their fundraising efforts, at a time many other fundraising activities have been cancelled.
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank everybody involved – your support really does go a long way to help people affected by Dementia across Northern Ireland.”
Business-wide, NFU Mutual is committed to help in the fight against dementia by being an active part of Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Insurance United Against Dementia’ scheme.
This brings together insurance businesses with the aim of funding vital research and recruiting four million Dementia Friends to help those living with the disease.
In 2019, 430 NFU Mutual employees volunteered to become Dementia Friends, enabling both them and their colleagues to better support vulnerable customers and anyone affected by dementia.